The Michigan Swim Camp is designed to provide each competitive swimmer with the opportunity to improve their pursuit of excellence, both in and out of the water. It is open to any and all participants limited only by age, specified number of campers, and the ability to swim the competitive strokes. This is not a learn to swim camp. During online registration campers will select from one of two tracks.
The Technique Track is desigend for individual and group instruction in fundamental and advanced stroke skills, starts, and turn techniques. A daily optional training workout is available in addition to the three instructional/practice sessions daily. Yardage in this one hour workout varies from 3,000-3,600 yards depending upon ability.
This track is a skill acquisition curriculum which begins with basic body balance and progresses to swimming with maximum efficiency (i.e. fewest number of strokes per length). This is the foundation for all fast swimming. Starts, turns, functional dryland training, nutrition education, team building, True Colors assessment, Mindset education, and mental training are part of this comprehensive curriculum. Swimmers are filmed dailly and their HD video is viewed and critiqued in written form. Swimmers are encouraged to use their phone cameras to video their strokes and the coach’s assessment.
This track is designed for: the younger swimmer (12 & under) in need of better technical skills; the older swimmer who is relatively new to the sport; high school swimmers who do not train year-round; and the skilled swimmer who needs a week of technical fine tuning without the added stress of intensive workouts.
The use of a front mount snorkel is strongly recommended.
The Intensive Training Track challenges swimmer to embrace the importance of team,to look at technique in new ways, and to learn how to work snmarter as well as harder in practices. Athletes will leave this camp with a new understanding of the sport and a desire to make themselves and those around them better.
This track is designed for swimmers 12 and older who have high aspirations in competitive swimming. Swimmers will be divided into training groups based upon the workout focus and the ability level of the swimmer. The daily schedule involves two in-water training workouts and one dryland workout and instructional sessions. Threshold, VO2max, lactate tolerance, and maximal speed training are part of the in-water training program. The evening session will be out of the water training with and emphasis on core strength, body awareness, and overall fitness.
Daily above water and underwater video review sessions will provide the backbone for each workout. In addition each swimmer is videoed and receives a written stroke critique upon completion of the camp.
This track requires that swimmers arrive in shape and training at full capacity (e.g. ~40,000 yds/week) as daily volume averages between 8,000 and 10,000 yards.
A competent level of skill in all four strokes is required. It is important not to “push” younger swimmers into this track. We need to provide the best group cohesion, training volumes, and injury prevention.
Recommended equipment: hand paddles; pull buoy; fins; kickboard; and front mount snorkel.
If you are an alum or currently on Michigan Staff (i.e. you have a umich.edu email), please email [email protected] for a discount code to be entered during online registration.
HEAD COACH MIKE BOTTOM
Honors & Accomplishments
- Led Michigan to one NCAA title (men: 2013), nine Big Ten titles (men: 2009, 2011-16; women: 2016-17) and 10 top-10 NCAA finishes (men: 2009-15, 2018; women: 2016, 2018)
- Six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (Men: 2011-15; Women: 2018) and 2013 CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year
- Has coached eight national champions (seven individual, one relay), 114 Big Ten individual or relay champions and 48 CSCAA All-Americans
- Coached at the last six Olympics; served as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio
- University of Michigan — Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving (2013-Present)
- University of Michigan — Head Coach, Men’s Swimming and Diving (2008-12)
- University of California-Berkeley — Co-Head Coach, Men’s Swimming and Diving (1997-2008)
- University of Southern California — Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving (1994-97)
- Auburn University — Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving (1991-94)
- Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
- World University Games (USA, Head Coach: 2013, 2015)
- FINA World Championships (USA, Assistant Coach: 2009, 2013; Yemen, Head Coach: 2017)
- B.S., Psychology, University of Southern California (1978)
- M.S., Counseling Psychology, Auburn University (1993)
- Completed course work for Ph.D. in sport psychology
Mike Bottom is in his 10th year at Michigan, the last six coming as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
In his ten years at the helm of the men’s team, Bottom is 83-5-1 in dual meets (52-3 in the Big Ten) with one NCAA title (2013), seven Big Ten titles (2009, 2011-16) and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and four consecutive top-five finishes from 2012-15. He is a five-time Big Ten Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013. During his tenure, Bottom has coached the men’s swimmers to a total of eight national titles (seven individual, one relay), and has produced 96 Big Ten individual or relay titles and 39 CSCAA All-Americans. In Bottom’s tenure, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year seven times: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14), Dylan Bosch (2015) and Felix Auböck (2017).
In six years overseeing the women’s team, Bottom has completely transformed the culture, rebuilding the program from the ground up. The Wolverines had one of their best seasons in history in 2018, going undefeated in dual meets (10-0), winning their third consecutive Big Ten title by 235.5 points and finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships, the program’s highest finish in 22 years. Following the season, Bottom was named 2017-18 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year. Under Bottom, the women’s team is 43-13 in dual meets (31-6 in the Big Ten). They made steady progress in the national ranks, going from 36th in 2013 (Bottom’s first year) to 10th in 2016. All 18 short course (yards) swimming records have gone down since Bottom took over, including 12 in 2018. In his six years with the women’s team, Bottom has coached nine CSCAA All-Americans (individual) and 18 Big Ten individual or relay champions.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have also excelled in the classroom under Bottom’s watch. For the 2017-18 academic year, 49 student-athletes (75 percent of the roster) earned the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award, an honor that requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Of those 49, 32 were Academic All-Big Ten, four more than in 2016-17. In ten years, Bottom has coached five Academic All-Americans (PJ Ransford in 2016 and 2017, Justin Glanda and Richard Funk in 2015, Courtney Beidler in 2014, Connor Jaeger in both 2013 and 2014) and four Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients (PJ Ransford in 2018, Justin Glanda in 2015, John Wojciechowski in 2014, Dan Madwed in 2012).